Today, NVIDIA unveiled the next generation of the SHIELD™ TV, delivering the most 4K HDR entertainment in a streaming media player with Google Assistant built-in. The two new SHIELD models are the SHIELD TV and SHIELD TV Pro. Delivering up to more than 25% more performance than the previous model, the new Tegra® X1+ processor helps bring to life Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. Its computational prowess dramatically improves picture quality by using AI to upscale HD video streams into 4K resolution.
SHIELD TV has a slim, stealthy design meant to disappear by blending in with, or behind, entertainment centers. It also has Gigabit Ethernet and dual-band Wi-Fi for lightning-fast connectivity.
SHIELD TV Pro takes entertainment to the next level for the most demanding users. It is based on the previous generation’s iconic, sleek design and comes with additional memory and storage, plus two USB ports for running a Plex Media Server and connecting high-capacity hard drives or other USB devices.
Dolby Vision transforms entertainment experiences by delivering colors never seen before on a screen, with dramatic contrast, highlights that are up to 40x brighter, and blacks that are 10x darker. While Dolby Atmos represents a leap forward from surround sound, transporting listeners into an extraordinary experience with moving audio that flows around them.
SHIELD, as an Android TV™ device, provides access to over 500,000 movies and shows and more than 5,000 apps and games through Google Play. The Google Assistant enables users to quickly access entertainment, control smart devices and get answers on-screen with their voice. SHIELD now supports “routines” — with one command, the Google Assistant will complete multiple tasks.
SHIELD benefits from NVIDIA’s AI leadership to offer features lacking in competing devices. In addition to built-in Google Assistant and Amazon Echo connectivity, the new streamers use an AI upscaler to bring HD content to life. Trained on a deep neural network, the upscaler lets SHIELD owners watch 720p and 1080p content in beautiful 4K.
SHIELD boasts the widest range of gaming content on a streaming media device with support for cloud gaming, local streaming and advanced native games. Gamers can enjoy hundreds of supported games in the GeForce NOW™ beta <https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce/news/geforce-now-cloud-gaming-pc-beta-begins/> , including many recent releases and top free-to-play games like Fortnite.
SHIELD TV and SHIELD TV Pro are available now and ship in the U.S., Canada and select European countries. Both come bundled with an all-new remote control, powered by two AAA batteries, that features motion-activated backlit buttons, a built-in lost remote locator and a mic for voice search.
SHIELD TV starts at $149 with remote. SHIELD TV Pro with remote, 3GB of memory and 16GB of storage is available for $199. More information, including where to buy, is available at http://shield.nvidia.com/ <http://shield.nvidia.com/> .